Rugby

3:49 PM BST Bath winger Ruaridh McConnochie is a doubt to make his England debut in the his side’s second World Cup warm up fixture against Wales on Saturday due to muscle soreness. McConnochie, 27, will have his fitness assessed on Friday, having been due to make his international debut this weekend following his surprise
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1:42 PM BST France centre Geoffrey Doumayrou has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup in Japan with an achilles injury, head coach Jacques Brunel said in a news conference on Thursday. Brunel said that he expects to name a replacement for Doumayrou in the World Cup squad later on Thursday after confirming that
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11:10 AM BST England head coach Eddie Jones had made three changes to his side for Saturday’s Test against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, with Ruaridh McConnochie — a surprise inclusion in Jones’ World Cup squad — making his international debut. Maro Itoje also enters the starting XV in the second row, while
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10:20 PM BST The All Blacks have dumped star wingers Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane, along with centurion prop Owen Franks in a sensational move ahead of the Bledisloe Cup decider in Auckland. In a potential changing of the guard five weeks out from the Rugby World Cup, coach Steve Hansen has introduced young flyers
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9:46 AM BST South Africa have called on uncapped front-row duo Scarra Ntubeni and Wilco Louw for Saturday’s one-off Test against Argentina, as coach Rassie Erasmus prepares to rest a number of players at Loftus Versfeld. In addition to hooker Ntubeni and prop Louw, loose forward Marco van Staden and utility back Dillyn Leyds have
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9:49 AM BST Israel Folau’s unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will head to trial in February, 2020 if no settlement is reached beforehand. Fundamentalist Christian Folau is fighting the termination of his four-year contract in May after he posted a meme on social media that said hell awaited
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7:02 AM BST All Blacks lock Scott Barrett will miss this week’s Bledisloe Cup decider but will be clear for the World Cup after copping a three-week ban from the SANZAAR judiciary. Barrett pleaded guilty to a dangerous tackle on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper which earned him a red card just before halftime of Saturday’s
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10:12 PM BST England head coach Eddie Jones has said he thought the red card shown to New Zealand’s Scott Barrett against Australia on Saturday was “ridiculous”, urging World Rugby to address their high-tackle law ahead of the Rugby World Cup in September. Speaking after England’s 33-19 win over Wales on Sunday, Jones said referees
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11:17 AM ET An experimental England squad beat a strong Wales team 33-19 at Twickenham Sunday, with the hosts following a typically abrasive first-half lead with a composed second half performance. An England line-up featuring only a handful of regular first-choice starters overpowered Wales thanks to tries from Billy Vunipola, Joe Cokanasiga and Luke Cowan-Dickie,
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4:01 PM BST Scott Barrett could miss the start of the World Cup after becoming only the fourth New Zealand international ever to be sent off during a Test, with the lock receiving a red card in his nation’s 47-26 loss to Australia in Perth Saturday. French referee Jerome Garces deemed that Barrett had committed
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